Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 102, “Energy & Vigor”, #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Daniel C. Julian, from his blog, Word Florilegium to be the Poet of the Week, for his Crown Cinquain entitled, “With Relish.”

A Crown Cinquain consists of a sequence of five cinquain stanzas functioning to construct one larger poem. This a clever use of the Didactic cinquain and the flow is as pleasing to the tongue when the poem is recited.

When I’m writing longer poetry like this, I like to think of the message I want to express in three scenes, just like you would when writing a short story. Dan’s poem has this form.

Have fun with these Cinquain formats. They have great rhythm because of the syllable count. 😀


“With Relish”

tasty, hearty
burning, taking, taxing
surplus unto surfeit, surcease

gainless, adrift
dreading, stewing, ruing
a paucity of potency

nascent, ginger
starting, swelling, broaching
realization of resource

focused, willful
feeding, guiding, coaxing
bringing results into being

joyous, rightful
choosing, reaching, plucking
fair fruits of labor’s providence

© 2018 Daniel C. Julian



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